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TEEN ARTISTS WORK WITH MENTORS TO CREATE ART FOR EXHIBITION AT ROGUE GALLERY AND ART CENTER

Also on display in the Community Gallery: Art from Jackson & Kennedy Elementary School’s 5th Grade Classes as part of RGAC’s Elementary Art Outreach Program

Opening Reception: Friday, April 6, 5-7pm
Exhibition Dates: March 30 – April 13, 2012

March 23, 2012 – The Artist Teen Mentoring Project (ATMP)—now in its seventh year at the Rogue Gallery & Art Center (RGAC)—offers local teens, ages 16 to 18, a realistic look at the life of a professional artist. These aspiring artists have the opportunity to work with established artists to create art in a variety of materials and styles, including those seldom available to high school students. This exhibition, presented in RGAC’s prestigious Main Gallery, is the culmination of the project which displays creative work by both teens and artists. This year’s exhibition—made possible through sponsorship by Rogue Disposal and Recycling, and Lithia Motors—runs from March 30 through April 13, 2012, with a free reception on Friday, April 6, 5-7pm. The public is invited to support these students in their first gallery show. We promise you’ll be impressed by the caliber of the work.

Also on display in the Community Gallery are self-portraits from Jackson and Kennedy Elementary Schools’ 5th grade classes—participants in the Rogue Gallery & Art Center’s Elementary Art Outreach Program, which brings the classes to the art gallery and art education to the classroom.

The ATMP Model


The three-phase ATMP program includes:

1. Development – artist-led demonstrations and hands-on design sessions

2. Mentorship – students are paired with an artist and receive a minimum of 15 hours of individual instruction and direction in the artist’s studio or in the field

3. Exhibition – ATMP students and mentors present their creative work in the gallery. Each student receives a stipend for art supplies (in the form of credit at local art suppliers) as part of the program. This allows students to experiment and create in mediums that may have previously been cost prohibitive. Many teen participants use this mentoring experience to fulfill the requirements for their high school Senior Project.

RGAC also offers classes to teens interested in furthering their art education outside of the high school art class experience. And as a non-profit arts organization, Rogue Gallery & Art Center is able to offer scholarship opportunities. The Artist Teen Mentoring Project runs January through March each year. This year the program has grown to include 6 mentors and 11 students working on projects including Mural Making, Photography, Printmaking, Painting/ Mixed Media, Sewing/ Fashion Design, and Sequential Art (Cartoon/Comics).

Highlights of ATMP 2012:
One particularly high profile project involves the creation of a large scale mural. Mentor and Ashland artist Silvia Trujillo worked with teens Galia Parra, a senior from Phoenix High School, and Kelli Crow, a senior from South Medford High School, spending over 25 hours to design and paint the mural inside the Medford Parks & Recreation Youth Activities Center, on the campus of the Santo Community Center on Columbus Avenue.
Teens from the Youth Activities Center voted on the characters depicted in the mural- the final design includes Nintendo characters Mario, Sonic and Peach with clouds and stars from Super Mario Bros.

Galia Parra said, “I learned how to prioritize and organize my time, to work as a team and to be open to other people’s ideas- not to be such a perfectionist obsessed with details.”
Kelli Crow said, “Originally, I designed entire scenes for the mural but with space limitations and having to work around what already existed in YAC, like video games and doorways, it was a challenge. I will definitely do another mural- there are lots of public spaces that could use some art.”

ATMP 2012 Participants

 

Medium: Photography

Mentor: Mary Wilkins-Kelly

Students: Ali Stauffer, Theannah Hannon and Ashleigh Marble

 

Medium: Printmaking

Mentor: Nancy Jo Mullen

Student: William Albright

 

Medium: Mural at Medford Parks and Recreation Youth Activity Center

Mentor: Silvia Trujillo

Students: Galia Parra and Kelli Crow

 

Medium: Sewing/ Fashion Design

Mentor: Mary Claflin

Student: Jacqueline Macias

 

Medium: Painting/ Mixed Media

Mentor: Kathryn Casternovia

Student: Lindsay Neussl

 

Medium: Sequential Art (Cartoon/Comics)

Mentor: Ted Helard

Students: Eilish Lambrechtsen and Jimmy Leavens

 

The Rogue Gallery & Art Center is the Rogue Valley’s premier non-profit visual art center, founded in 1960 by artists and educators to nurture and promote the visual arts. The art center showcases emerging and established artists from the region and beyond, presents fine crafts by area artisans, and offers a broad range of visual art classes and workshops for all ages. RGAC is located in Medford at 40 South Bartlett Street. The hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and every third Friday until 8:00pm.

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